Monday, December 25, 2017
Ne Obliviscaris: Urn (2017)
Now, I am not the biggest progressive metal fan in the world. It is a style that I enjoy a few bands (Opeth, Symphony X, Fates Warning, Queensryche), but typically do not go outside those parameters to check out other groups, unless I hear something extremely positive about a band. I heard no such thing about Ne Obliviscaris. But they may be able to join those other prog metal groups in terms of checking them out in the future because this album is amazing.
Ne Obliviscaris is an Australian band. Now, Australia is not really well-known for melodic metal styles. So this is another surprising aspect to the band. The band features two singers, one a harsh vocalist, and the other a clean vocalist. The clean vocalist also plays violin, which is featured prominently in the band's songs as well. The songs are expertly crafted, with extremely beautiful sections countering harsher sections. The vocalists play off each effectively as well, giving the band the ability to do pretty and ugly in alternating moments.
This is absolutely a contender for the top albums list. Every time I listen to it, I notice something I had not noticed before. It is easily the most impressive melodic metal album of the year and is a lock to make it somewhere on my end of the year list.